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Basic US Letter Rates

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Unless otherwise indicated rates are for all parts of U.S., 1st oz.
Effective Date
Prepaid

2017, January 22 49 cents
2016, February 26 47 cents
2014, January 26 49 cents
See a 2013 listing of all Mailing Service Pricing
2013, January 27 46 cents
2012, January 22 45 cents
2009, May 11 44 cents
2008, May 12 42 cents
2007, May 14 41 cents
2006, January 8 39 cents
2002, July 1 37 cents
2001, January 7 34 cents
1999, January 10 33 cents
1995, January 1 32 cents
1991, February 3 29 cents
1988, April 3 25 cents
1985, February 17 22 cents
1981, November 1 20 cents
1981, March 22 18 cents
1978, May 29 15 cents
1975, December 31 13 cents
1974, March 2 10 cents 
1971, May 16 8 cents
1968, January 7 6 cents
1963, January 7 5 cents
1958, August 1 4 cents
1932, July 6 -- Rise due to depression 3 cents
1919, July 1 -- Restoration of pre-war rate 2 cents
1896, October 1 -- Rural Free Delivery started  
1917, November 2 -- War emergency 3 cents

1885, July 1 -- Weight increased to 1 oz.  
      All parts of United States, per 1 oz. 2 cents

1883, October 1 -- Letter rate reduced one-third  
      All parts of United States, per ½ oz. 2 cents

1863, July 1 -- Distance differential eliminated  
      All parts of United States, per ½ oz. 3 cents

1855, April 1 -- Prepayment made compulsory  
      Not over 3,000 miles, per ½ oz. 3 cents
      Over 3,000 miles, per ½ oz. 10 cents
      Drop letters 1 cent

1852, September 30 -- Unsealed circulars  
      3 oz. or less anywhere in U.S. 1 cent
      Each additional ounce 1 cent
      (Double charge if collect)  

1851, July 1 -- Elimination of rates of 1847-1848  
      Up to 3,000 miles, per ½ oz. 3 cents
      Over 3,000 miles, per ½ oz. 6 cents
      Drop Letters 1 cent
Unsealed Circular  
      1 oz. or less up to 500 miles 1 cent
      Over 500 miles to 1,500 miles 2 cents
      Over 1,500 miles to 2,500 miles 3 cents
      Over 2,500 miles to 3,500 miles 4 cents
      Over 3,500 miles 5 cents

1847, July 1 -- Unsealed circulars  
      1 oz. or less 3 cents

1847 - 1848  
      East, to or from Havana (Cuba) per ½ oz 12½ cents
      East, to or from Chagres (Panama) per ½ oz 20 cents
      East, to or from Panama, across Isthmus, per ½ oz 30 cents
      To or from Astoria (Ore.) or Pacific Coast, per ½ oz 40 cents
      Along Pacific Coast, per ½ oz 12½ cents

1845, July 1  
      Under 300 miles, per ½ oz 5 cents
      Over 300 miles, per ½ oz 10 cents
      Drop letters 2 cents
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